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    The top Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

    Sometimes referred to as its former name of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most populous city in Vietnam. It’s known for its bustling streets, French colonial architecture, and delicious Vietnamese cuisine. With gorgeous temples, bustling outdoor markets, and many moving sites like the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City is a very popular travel destination. Formerly Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam has a few accommodations that are ideal for the vacationing couple — think comfy beds, relaxing spas, and serene atmosphere. After visiting the city’s best hotels, we evaluated how they stacked up against the competition.

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    The InterContinental Saigon *****

    The hotel is located on a busy street in District 1, a couple of blocks from the Saigon River. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops nearby, and most major attractions are within walking distance of the property. The Opera House is less than a 10-minute walk away, and Ben Thanh markets, the Fine Arts Museum, Huynh Thuc Khang street market, Notre Dame Basilica, the War Remnants Museum, and the Independence Palace are all within a 20-minute walk. Xa Loi, the largest pagoda in HCM, is a 10-minute drive away, and the airport can be reached by car in about 30 minutes.

    The rooms at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon are large, bright, and elegant, decorated in the same luxurious style as the rest of the property. Plush carpets with delicate prints over dark wooden floors, crisp white linens, round pillows, and bed runners in bold colors make spaces classy, while accent wood walls add texture. Although business-oriented, rooms are warm and sleek, and feature high-tech amenities, including flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, DVD players, and sound systems. Minibars, electric kettles, and Agraria toiletries are also standard amenities -- but there is a fee for Wi-Fi, which is surprising for a hotel in this price range. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of light, and some offer expansive city views. Bathrooms are spacious and luxurious, with separate glass-enclosed walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs; some have wooden sliding doors opening onto the bedroom. Suites have the same beautiful decor style plus a few extra perks, such as jetted tubs, walk-in closets, and coffeemakers. Executive Rooms offer access to the Club Lounge, which features free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, evening cocktails, and snacks throughout the day.

    As a hotel that caters to business travelers and well-heeled coupes, the InterContinental Asiana offers a wide array of features. The large pool is located on the rooftop, and offers a number of loungers as well as drinks service. There is a well-equipped fitness center with natural light and a wealth of machines, including strength training and cardio equipment. There are three restaurants, all serving different cuisines: Yu Chu offers a great Cantonese and Beijing menu; Market 39, the hotel’s acclaimed buffet, features a breakfast spread known for being one of the best in town; Basilico is an Italian trattoria with red and white checkered tablecloths and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street. Purple Jade Bar is sleek and modern, with mood lighting, a lounge area, and a long bar with a few stools. The Library is an intimate spot with comfy couches and a nice selection of drinks. Those looking to get pampered may want to book a treatment at the luxe spa, which offers a wide array of signature massages, as well as a wellness area with a steam bath, a sauna, and a whirlpool. The hotel also offers six high-tech meeting rooms and a staffed business center. Wi-Fi is available throughout for a fee.


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    The Reverie *****

    The Reverie trumpets luxury – with a 24-carat gold Baldi carriage-clock (taller than a man) in reception, and acres of glistening Italian marble and gilt. Rooms glitter with mosaic and floor-to-ceiling glass. Walls are adorned with priceless art, while the staff are poised to cater to every wish. The hotel sits in the 39-storey Times Square building in the heart of District One, Ho Chi Minh City’s business and tourist centre. The lobby opens onto Nguyễn Huệ boulevard, the main pedestrian street. The old French colonial centre (with the principal tourist sights), the choicest shops and the Bitexco Financial Tower are literally on the doorstep.

    A red velvet Colombostile sofa as long as a stretch limo, a vast ballroom decorated like Milan’s La Scala by Rubelli, rooms replete with gold rococo flourishes...this is a 21st-century vertical Versailles, albeit secreted inside an undistinguished plate-glass business tower. It’s not a hotel for lovers of the frugal or understated, but a fantasy palace for real and pretend tycoons and princesses – a theatre-set for the ostentatious. Get into the act and the Reverie is great fun Staff are strategically positioned at every turn, ready to escort you anywhere (even the lift) and to cater to every whim. The rooftop pool has mesmerising Saigon river and city skyline views.

    The two-floor spa is discreet, with sumptuous treatments and plenty of sauna and steam room space at any time of day. And the concierge is up-to-date and well-informed on the city’s best high-end eating and drinking, if a little short on detail on Saigon’s burgeoning, hipster speakeasy scene. Lavish rooms come in a bewildering 12 categories and include 62 suites, no two of which are the same. All are sealed from any city noise by thick glass, electric curtains and blinds. And all have with king-sized beds draped with rabbit-fur soft Frette linen sheets. Bathrooms come with tubs and showers, bewilderingly complex heated bidet-toilets and Chopard toiletries. The panoramic suites are the best mid-price choice, with two walls of room-high windows offering at-your-feet city views, and mosaic decoration by designers like Giorgetti. Access for guests with disabilities: Lifts to all rooms and ramps throughout. The Reverie is a hotel aimed at adults and grown-up children. While suites are large, there is nothing specifically for families, and children are discouraged from entering the R&J and Royal Pavilion restaurants.

    ​The hotel has four restaurants, two of which are formal and have a dress code. The Royal Pavilion is a Saigon dining destination in its own right – serving an ever-changing menu of gourmet Cantonese dishes (such as braised bird’s nest soup with crab roe and crab meat, or baked chicken in lotus leaf) and some of the finest dim sum outside Hong Kong. The pork puff buns and red-rice rolls burst with flavour and collapse in the mouth like chocolate truffles. The R&J (after Romeo and Juliet) offers competent Italian standards. The all-day Café Cardinal and the street side Long Bar are informal. The former offers snacks and panoramic Saigon views. The latter’s bar spans almost 165 ft, serves decent Singapore Slings and Mai Tais (though you’ll find better in one of the nearby speakeasies) but has no air-conditioning. The main hotel restaurant offers a big buffet of European and Chinese hot dishes, cold meats and cheeses, fruits and eggs cooked in any conceivable manner. For a quieter breakfast served à la carte on white linen with a crisp European, Asian or American newspaper and a skyline view of the capital, eat in the 39th floor club lounge – use of which comes complimentary with any of the suites.


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    Anantara Quy Nhon Villas *****

    The Anantara Quy Nhon is all about intimacy. The sun rises over the ocean at the foot of your bed; French windows open onto private plunge pools that appear to spill into the sea; while a candlelit spa is secluded in lush forest trilling with cicadas. A leather-fitted Mercedes saloon whisks guests from the airport in sleepy Quy Nhon town to the hotel in around 40 minutes. It’s clear en route that the region remains little-visited. Tendril and vine-covered Twelfth Century Cham stupas jutt out of tangled rainforest on headlands, fishermen in coracles cast nets across tiny turquoise bays and there’s little more than sand and ghost crabs on the beaches. With no dining options nearby and day trips organisable only through the hotel, the Anantara is a true destination resort, albeit on a boutique scale.

    ​It’s all about romantic beachside luxury here. Service comes in whispers; the loudest sound is the breaking of the waves. And the villas invite integration with nature. Huge windows (in bedrooms and bathrooms), open-air showers, and sun decks with private plunge pools give guests a sense of being part of the beach and bay landscape. Yet each villa is sealed off from everything but the magnificent views with wooden shuttering and leafy foliage. You can even breakfast or dine in-room – with the sunrise or al fresco on the terrace under the stars. You won’t want to leave – except to swim in the calm, turquoise sea, relax in the spa (set in a glade in the forest) or take day trips to snorkel

    ​From airport pick-up to drop-off, service is superb – the perfect blend of warmth and efficiency, attentiveness and lack of intrusion. Housekeeping staff are so discreet they’re virtually invisible. Waiters remember your favourite table, food choices and sundry predilections. Massages are expert and the spa products first class. Tours (of Cham ruins, local markets or snorkelling) are tailored to each guest. And the private martial arts classes on the beach are a revelation.

    Accommodation is all in one- or two-bedroom villas – set in their own tropical gardens either right on the beach or a few minutes’ walk away up the hillside. Beds draped with luxurious soft cottons sit in large sleeping areas whose soft creams and honey-coloured woods complement the warm natural light that floods in from floor-to-ceiling French windows. These open onto plunge pool decks, and wonderful views of a shimmering bay dotted with islets. Bathrooms decked out in honey-coloured stone and marble have huge mirrors, luxurious whirlpool tubs and outside shower areas. Anantara’s own spa-quality soaps and unguents are liberally supplied. Access for guests with disabilities: Public areas are wheelchair-accessible, but there are no adapted rooms.

    ​The Sea Fire Salt restaurant serves a Vietnamese and international menu strong on seafood. Most dishes are roasted on raw salt blocks – bringing out the full flavour particularly of the ultra-fresh fish and lobster, which is never more than a day old. The wine list is excellent, with some 140 bottles. Breakfast is à la carte and includes French pastries, all manner of eggs (from poached and scrambled to Benedict, Royale or Florentine), cereals, tropical juices and French-style thick, creamy coffee.

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    The Continental Saigon ****

    First open in 1880, the Continental claims to be the first hotel in Vietnam, and it certainly retains its Old-World charm and elegance. One of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, the building is similar in architectural style to the Opera House, located across the street. A beautiful white colonial facade set with arched windows corrals a central courtyard decorated with wrought-iron lamps, fountains, and frangipani that has been growing since hotel's first days. The lobby is regal and bright; crystal chandeliers illuminate the intricate ceiling medallions. Polished hardwood floors, red-carpeted stairs, and a grand piano add to the majesty. Given its opulent style, this hotel has the potential of being one of the top historic properties of Ho Chi Minh City -- but the spa, the gym, and most bathrooms need to be refreshed. The Caravelle, located across the street, offers better amenities, but at higher prices.

    Located in the heart of District 1, Hotel Continental is central to most major attractions in town. There are several other luxury hotels within a couple of blocks from the property, and Ho Chi Minh’s famous Opera House is directly across the street. Dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops are in the immediate neighborhood, and most main sights can be reached on foot, including Ben Thanh Market, the Fine Arts Museum, Huynh Thuc Khang street market, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Independence Palace. Xa Loi, the largest pagoda in HCM, is a seven-minute drive away, and the airport can be reached by car in 20 minutes.

    There are two things that stand out about these rooms -- the size and the decor. All 83 units offer ample space to move around, and high ceilings and large windows add to the spaciousness. Most have balconies overlooking the street or the Opera House with double-glazing keeps out traffic noise. Carved-wooden furniture, thick curtains in rich fabrics, and glass wall-sconce lighting are paired with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Some decor, like the beige wall-to-wall carpets, can feel a bit dated. But Superior Rooms are the most in need of a revamp, with worn furnishings, empty walls, and little natural light. Bathrooms are clean and spacious, but small sinks and simple rectangular mirrors with white frames lack elegance. Turndown service is available in all room types.

    Le Bourgeois Restaurant became famous as the meeting spot for journalists and politicians back in the day, and today that classic elegance remains. It serves a solid buffet for all three meals, but breakfast is the most acclaimed, with a wonderful spread of fresh juice and Vietnamese and international options. In the Continental Palace Restaurant, white columns, chandeliers, and arched wooden windows, were built to wow, but the atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed -- even more so in the charming courtyard with outdoor seating. The hotel also features three bars, including a traditional café with sidewalk seating great for people-watching. Aside from the restaurants and bars, the hotel is overall light on amenities. There is a small fitness center with a few machines bathed in natural light; a business center; a meeting space; and a tiny, unremarkable spa. And notably there is no pool.


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    Hotel Des Arts ****

    This art-filled boutique is a stunning blend of French colonial and contemporary Vietnam, with world-class dining, an award-winning spa and topped with a rooftop pool and buzzy bar, at the heart of the country’s most cosmopolitan city. A 30-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to restaurants, shops and key sights, such as the Saigon Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.

    The building itself is a work of art with its smooth lines and sensuous curves, before you step through the enormous wooden doors and into the gorgeous triple-height lobby. Designed on Feng Shui principles, it sets the tone with acres of marble, floor-to-ceiling windows, statement lighting, sumptuous fabrics and huge vases of flowers. The female staff wear beautiful silk ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese dress, and the hotel is a showcase for the owner’s gallery-worthy collection of paintings and antiques. Service is effortlessly efficient and friendly. The concierge is a wealth of information on what to do and where to eat nearby, but take time to relax in the art-filled library and lounge around the glass-walled saltwater pool on the 24th floor. It comes with stunning views over the city and after dark the lounge bar attracts a trendy crowd, with DJs spinning tropical house. Le Spa des Artistes blends Asian and European techniques, and guests arriving early or leaving late can use the showers.​

    Rooms and suites are light-filled and elegant, with gleaming rosewood parquet, white walls, dark-wood furniture handcrafted by local artisans and taupe soft furnishings. Vast, feather-soft beds are clad in crisp white Egyptian cotton and a wafty white linen curtain separates the sparkling marble bathrooms – where my Executive Studio Suite had a decadent red, claw-foot tub with a view over the city, Lanvin lotions and potions and a separate dressing area. All rooms have international plug sockets, a Nespresso machine and a television in an ornate gilt frame.

    The all-day dining Saigon Kitchen takes its inspiration from an Asian street food market, but the expansive breakfast buffet ranges from French patisserie and a full English to pho and dim sum. The buffet lunch serves up Western and Pan-Asian favourites, while dinner is à la carte, with a seafood extravaganza at weekends. Bag a velvet sofa for an indulgent high tea in the ground-floor Café des Beaux Arts, to the strains of a grand piano. Super-cool Japanese firm Super Potato designed the seductively lit, wood-panelled Social Club on the 23rd floor, with a creative menu from top chef Anne-Cécile Degenne of sharing plates and top-notch steak and seafood. Then head up to the rooftop bar for a bespoke cocktail – Saigon by Night mixes up basil-infused vodka, mango and Sauvignon Blanc.


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    Ma Maison Hotel ****

    Ma Maison is an elegant boutique guesthouse in a 'real' Saigon neighbourhood. The French-colonial building, draped in bougainvilleas, is an evocative nod to the past and a very comfortable hotel for travellers who like to always feel 'at home'. Ma Maison Boutique Hotel is situated in a residential area halfway between the airport and Ho Chi Minh City centre, an easy 20-minute taxi ride from both (depending on traffic). There are no malls or tourist sights nearby so you’ll need to take a taxi to get places, but don’t let that put you off because if you’re wanting to stay in an authentic Saigonese area outside of the city centre, this is perfect.

    The elegant hotel is owned by seven Vietnamese siblings who grew up in the old French colonial-style building, and who converted it to a hotel eight years ago. It has been very tastefully decorated in French Provencal style, with white walls and linens, delicately decorated furniture and neutral drapes, and accents such as flowers and deep-red scatter cushions. Black-and-white photographs from around Vietnam decorate the interior walls, while the exterior walls burst with flamboyant bougainvilleas and flowering window boxes. Tall windows and French doors are fronted with wrought-iron railings, accentuating the serene Provençal atmosphere.

    The service at the hotel – from responses to enquiries enquiry to the booking and check-in process – is very attentive and guests are warmly welcomed into the 12-room hotel. The hotel provides a map of the neighbourhood and the staff takes time to orientate guests; they’re always willing to step out onto the street to point guests in the right direction. The restaurant is open for breakfasts only, but serves tea and coffee at any time. Ma Maison offers laundry and limousine services.

    The standard rooms are fairly small but, as with all rooms in the hotel, the tall windows allowing plenty of natural light in. The rooms are Provençal in style, decorated with Vietnamese photos or paintings, and comfortable with a small en-suite bathroom that’s stocked with carefully selected amenities. If you plan on spending more than a few days you might enjoy the space offered in the deluxe rooms.

    The hotel’s restaurant is open for breakfast only, and the menu offers Vietnamese and Western options along with fresh fruits, juices, teas and coffees. The pho, a popular Vietnamese soup-and-noodle breakfast, is absolutely delicious – a wonderful way to begin a day in this Vietnamese city.


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      Le Meridian Saigon *****

      Le Méridien is a comfortable, design-minded hotel for discerning travellers. It is conveniently close to the city’s attractions, which are just a short drive (or 20-minute walk) away; the hotel’s five chic bars and restaurants will certainly tempt guests into lingering a little longer. Le Meridien Saigon is situated along a bank of the Saigon River, in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 – which means it’s really central to the business district and close to many tourist attractions in the city. It’ll take about 15 minutes to walk to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Opera House and the Reunification Palace, as well as malls like Takashimaya and the Vincom Centre.

      The hotel celebrates art and local artists, which gives it a boutiquey feel, despite the large number of rooms. At the waiting area for each lift, artists have created their impressions of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) so every floor offers a different, creative view of the city. Almost every room offers a real-time view of the city too, because the glass-enclosed hotel is currently the tallest building in the area. On entering the hotel guests are welcomed by a vast, two-storey space that’s dominated by silver columns, a marble floor and a chandelier of thousands of glass bubbles that floats from the ceiling; quirky accents like the red high-backed chairs in the lobby are peppered throughout the hotel. Overall, think sleek and contemporary, with a funky twist.

      A stylish and comfortable hotel for leisure travellers, with a wonderful ocean-themed spa that offers treatments designed to restore balance to the body. The signature offering is a four-hand massage, where the experience is enhanced by music, lights and aromatherapy oils. There is also an indoor swimming pool and a small, well-equipped fitness centre. The hotel’s business centre has a range of office amenities, and there are six venues that range from ballrooms to boardrooms, all of which have the latest audio-visual technology. There are five restaurants on the property, and the Club Lounge has a very comfortable meeting area and library, and offers teas, cocktails and canapés at different times in the day.

      The standard rooms follow a palette of mostly greys and whites, and have a modern design element to them. The wall behind the bed is a graphic representation of the layout of HCMC, with the hotel’s location noted along the river. The custom-designed carpet picks up on some elements from this artwork, as does a masala-coloured reclining couch. There are ample plug sockets in the rooms – perfect for those travelling with many gadgets – as well as a comfortably large desk space. The bathroom is separated from the room by a glass wall (with blinds). It features a large bath tub as well as a rain shower.

      There are five dining options at Le Meridien. Latest Recipe is where the buffet breakfast is served – choices here are vast, and include everything from croissants and fresh breads to eggs (any style), hash browns, cheese platters, pho and sushi. Bamboo Chic is a contemporary fusion restaurant, offering a mix of Cantonese and Japanese cuisine (and gorgeous views across the city); Latitude 10 is a daytime coffee bar, night-time cocktail bar. Explore Bistro, located at the pool near the spa, offers healthy and detoxing food and drinks. There’s also a grab-and-go coffee shop and bakery.